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should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:19 AM
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should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

when combing multiple exposures for interior and exterior architecture shots, my method has been to import each exposure onto multiple photoshop layers then mask in areas from each exposure. it seems to give results, but is hdr a better/ industry standard way to approach this?
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:27 AM
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Re: should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

If you have a bracketed set of exposures, HDR would almost certainly be the better way to go. And while CS5 and CS6 have a function called Merge to HDR Pro, it is generally acknowledged to be one of the worst HDR apps out there.
A dedicated HDR program has complex algorithms which will merge you source files on a pixel by pixel basis. A human can not do that. HDR builds a 96 bit image (32bit per channel) and has special tools to fine tune global and local contrast and much more.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:32 AM
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Re: should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

Can you suggest any dedicated HDR programs?
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:07 AM
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Can you suggest any dedicated HDR programs?
There are a number of very good programs and all of them have free trialware.
I would recommend you try SNS_HDR. There is a free version of it or the purchase version is inexpensive. It is excellent if you are looking for realistic results automatically. It is great at preserving fragile highlights and avoiding nasty halos.
Another HDR leader is Photomatix. This app has one of the best auto alignment and anti ghosting functions just in case you did not have a tripod and you images are not aligned. The trial version will place a watermark on the saved files.
PhotoEngine is an excellent HDR app but at the top end of the price range ($149).
NIK HDR Efex is also a great HDR app.
There are about a dozen others, some free but the above are good places to start.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:22 PM
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Re: should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

See this thread: http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/hdr...-software.html
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 AM
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Re: should i use hdr or photoshop masking???

Actually, it depends on the image and on your intent. If your image is complex with lots of light dapples or frequent changes in lighting (e.g. light streaming through a leafy tree, blinds, etc.) then HDR software is a great idea.

If you have basically one or two light areas and one or two shadow areas, as in many landscapes around sunset/sunrise, etc. or in or on a building with half light, half shadow, then doing exposure blending like you're already doing is much easier and can yield quite excellent results a lot faster and with a lot less fiddling around with controls than HDR software can.

And for the record, the industry standard is "make it look great!" How to do that is your choice
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